Museums in Zakynthos
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There are a number of museums in Zakynthos to explore during your holiday in Greece. All of the museums here give you an insight into the history of Zante - you can take your pick of the museums depending on your own interests.
The Vertziago Folk Museum in Zante Zakynthos Greek Islands
The Zakynthos Cultural and Agricultural Museum was founded in 1998 in the small village of Pigadakia, close to the town of Alykes. The Zakynthos Cultural and Agricultural Museum exhibits the culture and traditions of the Greek rural world, specifically typical to the island of Zakynthos.
Rare works on display date back to the XVI century, including tools, and very rare and ancient local handcrafts. The museum is a reconstitution of a traditional house: a dining room, kitchen and bedroom decorated with traditional furniture and everyday life utensils. An old fashioned grind is also displayed in the museum, which was used to press grapes and olives.
Museum of Dionysios Solomos and Eminent Zakynthians in Zante Town
The Museum of Solomos and Eminent Zakynthians was founded in 1959 by admirers of the fine arts in Zakynthos. Located in St. Marko Square, next to the Catholic Church, the Museum, also known as the Museum of Solomos and Kalvos, houses the relics of two famous poets from Zakynthos, Dionysios Solomos and Andreas Kalvos.
The Museum of Solomos and Eminent Zakynthians has been in operation since 1966 and since 1968, the bones of the national poets, Dionysios Solomos and Andreas Kalvos, have been laid to rest in its Mausoleum.
A large number of manuscripts of the national poet Dionysios Solomos are on display here, along with some of his personal belongings. A collection of portraits of eminent Zakynthians, and an interesting collection of icons are also on display.
The Solomos and Kalvos Museum portrays a variety of local handcrafts, artworks and paintings of the XVIII and XIX century, carved pottery, sculptures and ancient musical instruments. You also get to see clothes and weapons of noble families of the last century. Many portraits dedicated to the important people of the island of Zakynthos are represented, along with a collection of coats of arms.
The Museum also has a well-stocked library containing a large collection of documents, and also period furniture, an archaeological and folk art collection as well as a collection of interesting photographs.
Museum of Grigorios Xenopoulos in Zante Town Zakynthos
The Museum of Xenopoulos is located close to the Church of Agios
Dionysios, in the capital of Zakynthos, and is dedicated to the life and
work of the Greek novelist and play writer Grigorios Xenopoulos
The Roma Family Mansion in Zante Town Zakynthos
The Roma mansion is located in central Zakynthos Town, over the road from the seafront, at 19 Louka Karer Street, just a couple of minutes stroll from Solomos Square and the Town Hall.
The Post Byzantine Museum in Zante Town Zakynthos
Located in the capital of Zakynthos, at the back of Solomos Square, the Post-Byzantine museum was built after the earthquake of 1953. It houses a rich collection of various ecclesiastical items, superb carved masterpieces, post-Byzantine icons, wooden works of art, wood carvings dating from the 16th century, reconstructed frescoes and a fantastic model of Zante Town before the 1953 earthquake.
At the Post Byzantine Museum you glimpse the evolution of art from
the post Byzantine period through to contemporary Greek art. The
Byzantine museum, which was opened to the public in 1960, is spread over